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My First Period Guide

My First Period
Stephen Hawkins Last Updated 07/19/2022 5 mins Read

Having questions is a good thing. Asking them is even better. And there is no greater joy than finding the right answers. Having more questions arising from those answers is when life gets interesting. Period is one such topic that leads to a barrage of questions. We are covering most of them here to get you to prep up for life after your first period.

Surabhi Verma @surabhiV2009 Nov 5, 2021

I am so excited about getting my periods. Are there any signs that we girls should watch out for?

Good to know that you are excited. There is no way to know exactly when your first period will come. If you are between 12 and 14 years, do look out for these changes in your body:



What to watch out for


2-3 years before your first period

> Changes in size

> Small, raised bumps around your nipples

> The area around your nipples becomes darker and takes on a more ‘puffed out’ appearance

Pubic hair

Around the time you get it for the first time

> Underarm hair growth

Body changes

About six months to a year before menstruation begins

> Different parts around your body get rounder, such as your hips

Vaginal fluid

shortly after your breasts begin to develop

> A thin, whitish liquid that can be spotted in your underwear

> The colour could fluctuate depending on your hormones

> Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean it and wear a liner if it’s heavy

RashmiKhanna @rashrashme Dec 5, 2022

Is there something like a First Period Kit that girls should keep handy before they get their first period?

We love the fact that you want to be prepared. Of course, you must keep a few things handy so you are never caught by surprise. Take a look:

  • Spare underwear
  • Comfortable period underwear, pads
  • Plastic bag (for soiled underwear)
  • Pain relief medicines (do check with your doctor)
  • Sweet treat (because you deserve it!)

BlackPinkFan @blackpinkfan007 Jan 17, 2022

I kind of know what period is, but exactly what happens during the period ;)

We love the fact that you want to be prepared. Of course, you must keep a few things handy so you are never caught by a surprise. Take a look:

What goes on?

  • Some discomforting symptoms
  • Breast tenderness
  • Diarrhoea or nausea
  • Cramping in your lower abdomen, leg pain, hip pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lower backache
  • May get cramps as a sign that period is about to begin

What to do?

  1. Ways to comfort yourself
    • Use a heating pad on those areas giving you discomfort
    • Take an over-the-counter pain relief medication to manage the pain
    • Eat well to manage any digestive changes during your period
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Aim for three servings of dairy each day
    • Cut down on junk food
    • Exercise to enhance your mood

  2. Ways to manage the flow
  • Wear a reusable period underwear on your light days
  • Use pads for your regular period days
  • Switch to <Kotex Overnight Period Panties> on your heavier days and nights
  • Change often (whenever they feel moist) to help prevent vaginal yeast infections

MeganIsCool @MeganCool Jan8, 2022

Some of the girls in my class have got their periods. I was wondering how long will it last? I hope it’s not too long and life can continue as usual.

We have some good news for you. Not much changes during those days if you have the right knowledge and are equipped to handle it.

Let us demystify the cycle for you:

Your first period:

Duration: Can last between two to seven days

Discharge: Likely to be light with a brownish colour

What’s the cycle?

One cycle

FIrst day of one period


First day of the next

28 days (most common)

21-35 days
(it can be longer or shorter for some)


The first few years may consist of irregular cycles and some spotting.

You will be able to notice a pattern as you get older.


You could use a period tracker to keep a tab.

It is wise to consult a doctor if you are not comfortable about something.

VianLovestoDance @VianDancer  Jan 29, 2022

I know that girls my age get their period. I wonder how long it lasts every month. And till what age?  I hope not all our lives?!

You have a curious mind! During your period, the bleeding goes on for 5-7 days every month. You may have light brown discharge during the final few days. For some, lower back pain or cramps indicate the end of their cycle.

To answer the second part of your question, typically women have periods from 9-53 on an average. It’s not your entire life, but definitely the most significant part of it. But you definitely don’t need to worry about it. You don’t have to put life on hold because of it…ever!

We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions by girls awaiting (or maybe not) their periods. If there are more doubts popping in your head, speak to your friends, mother, doctor or someone you can trust.

We are right by your side. With our knowledge to keep you calm. With super-absorbent and soft Kotex Overnight Period Panties. Its 360 anti-leakage protection helps you sleep like a baby through the nights without the leak-nightmares.

Source disclaimer: Article is adapted from original article source U by Kotex – US

Stephen Hawkins Last Updated 07/19/2022 5 mins Read

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